June 3, 2010

Outdoors Better Than Coffee

1 Nature Makes Us Feel More Alive

Hanging around outside in nature can make you feel more alive, report researchers in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The feeling of increased vitality from being in nature extends beyond the mere energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction, say researchers at the University of Rochester. The unique research tested whether vitality from time spent outdoors is just spillover from exercise and socializing. Researchers conducted several separate experiments with 537 college students with actual outdoors experiences and imagined contexts with natural photographs. Students who spent time in nature or imagined themselves in natural settings consistently felt more energetic. "Nature is fuel for the soul," says Richard Ryan, lead author of the study.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Thinkk Green Exercise

Tags: University of Rochester, Benefits of Outdoor Exercise, Vitality from Nature, Feeling More Alive in Nature, Advantages of Outdoor Exercise, Reasons to Spend Time in Nature, Richard Ryan, Feeling of Increased Vitality

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Same School Friends Important

2 Teens with More Friends Make Better Grades

The more in-school friends a high school student has, the better the grades, say researchers from UCLA. "We found that within an adolescent's friendship group, those with a higher proportion of friends who attended the same school received higher grades," says first study author Melissa R. Witkow. Researchers think that those friends who sweat the same homework and quizzes, and share the same teachers may be the missing ingredient when it comes to encouraging academic success. While tutors and after-school activities still play a role in getting good grades, researchers think that in-school friendships may help support academic achievement due to all the ways in which they help engage teens in the school experience.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Making Good Grades in High School, Secrets to Teen Grades, How to Pass High School, Importance of Friends in High School, Advantages of Same School Friends, Benefits of High School Friendships, UCLA Study on Friends in High School

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Medium Sweet Crude Less Harmful

3 Tarballs No Reason for ER Visit

"I predict that we'll be subjected to a decade of news reports of Gulf Oil Spill Syndrome (GOSS), where plaintiffs' attorneys will parade out their gasping clients in lawsuit after lawsuit. Oprah will feature it six or seven times. Every malady under the sun will be blamed on it."
- Tommy in the comments

Now that oil has washed up on beaches in three Gulf states, health officials are advising that contact with tarballs or swallowing a small amount of oil-tainted water isn't a reason for an emergency room visit, reports MSNBC. Limited contact with oil isn't a matter that requires a physician's treatment. However, people should make an effort to avoid oil in water and on the beach. According to MSNBC, the oil spilling as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion is medium sweet crude, which is considered less dangerous since it contains fewer toxic sulfur compounds and chemicals that enter the air easily. While short exposure to oil may cause only mild, temporary health problems, long-term exposure could lead to more serious issues like problems breathing and increased cancer risk.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Health Risks from Oil Spill

Tags: Oil Spill Health Risks, Tarballs, Er Visit After Oil Exposure, Emergency Room Visit for Oil Spill, When to See Doctor for Oil Exposure, Medium Sweet Crude, Swallowing Oil, Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion, Increased Cancer Risk from Oil, Toxic Sulfur in Oil

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Get Hungry Before Running

4 Fast Before Workout to Burn More Fat

"I'd gas out if I didn't eat something before working out"
- Asticat in the comments

Without carbohydrates to burn during a workout, your body will turn its sights on fat, say scientists who suggest fasting before exercise to get rid of unwanted fat. Several studies reveal that completing your exercise routine while your body is low on food is a good way to burn fat, reports MSNBC. Recently, researchers in Europe discovered that cyclists who trained without first consuming food burned much more fat than their fellow cyclists who ate. Scientists say that exercising after fasting means that your adrenaline is high and your insulin is low, which are favorable conditions for your body to break down additional fatty acids.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fasting Benefits Before Exercise, Skipping Food Before Workout, Skip Meal Before Exercise to Burn More Fat, Burn More Fat by Skipping Workout Food, Fasting Before Exercise, Fasting Before Workout

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Autism Diagnosis Made Easy

5 Urine Test May Diagnose Autism Quickly and Early

"It's probably just detecting the residue of some crank gluten-free diet or chelation substance that the parents have imposed on the poor autistic kids."
- Corneia in the comments

A study in the Journal of Proteome Research found a chemical fingerprint in the urine of autistic children. It was similar between them but distinct from that of non-autistic siblings and those with no known family history. The chemical fingerprint in the urine comes from the breakdown of bacteria in the gut. The composition of bacteria in the gut is different between autistic children and those without the disorder. Early intervention helps autistic children progress, but the diagnosis usually is made late and is a lengthy process. Lead researcher Jeremy Nicholson said "Giving therapy to children with autism when they are very young can make a huge difference to their progress. A urine test might enable professionals to quickly identify children with autism to help them early on."

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Low Gluten Autism Diet Trials Show No Benefit

Tags: Autism, Autism Diagnosis, Diagnosing Autism, Urine Test for Autism, Autism Treatment

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